Inala Life Member Awarded with Medal of the Order of Australia
It is with great pride that we announce that Gail Marshall, one of Inala’s Life Members, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on Sunday January 26th for her service to the community through charitable initiatives.
Gail is a wonderful supporter and advocate for Inala, and her contributions to Inala, as well as to numerous other causes, have been enormous and greatly appreciated.
Gail is a founding member of Inala’s Functions Committee, established over 25 years ago to support the work of Inala and which has raised significant funds for Inala to continue its work for people living with a disability.
Gail, together with the Functions Committee, has been the initiator and supporter of countless invaluable events and functions including Cocktail Parties, Black Tie events and Gala Dinners, as well as providing invaluable practical assistance with securing event sponsors and prizes for raffles and auctions. She has worked especially tirelessly over the years of her long association with Inala at the annual Inala Fair, which is one of our largest community events in our calendar. Gail and her husband John and their family also hosted the annual Kurri Burri Mother’s Day Polo event for 7 years at their own property. The funds raised through many such events assisted significantly towards major projects such as the development of our state-of-the-art community arts centre, Dulkara Centre for Life Skills and the Arts, as well as modifications to accommodation facilities.
Gail has also introduced many of her personal friends and business associates to Inala who have gone on to be generous and loyal supporters. In appreciation of her very significant contributions to Inala and support for persons living with disabilities, Gail was awarded Inala Life Membership in 2016.
Over many years, we have been privileged to experience Gail’s warmth, interest and genuine personal connection and engagement with people from all walks of life – members of the public at the events, with Inala staff at all levels of the organisation, with families, and especially with our wonderful clients. Whether “pitching in” with hands on assistance, inquiring about the daily work of a support worker or conversing with respect and warmth with persons living with all levels of disability, Gail’s care and connection is obvious and deeply authentic.
Gail’s dedication and generosity has made a significant positive impact on the lives of many people at Inala, with her ongoing support directly assisting the expansion and development of innovative and much needed programs, services and facilities in order to meet the unmet needs of adults living with disability living in the community.
Gail is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people with disabilities and she goes about this with a great sense of purpose, bringing people with her on the journey through strong leadership and humility.
We are greatly appreciative of Gail’s contributions to Inala and would like to officially congratulate her on the well deserved honour to be recognised for her immense contributions and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Thank you Gail, for everything you have done, and continue to do, in service of Inala.